Photos: Alfred Arzt and Francoise Guillot
Article: Horst-Günter Rauprich
Karmapa 900 and First Kagyu Monlam Germany
at the Kamalashila Institute
July 7th – 10th, 2011
The Kamalashila Institute, Seat of His Holiness The XVII. Gyalwang Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley Dorje, in Europe, has been delighted and honoured to hold the First Kagyu Monlam in Germany and the Karmapa 900 ceremonies from July 7th to 10th.
When the first session started in the early morning, presided by His Eminence
Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, the gompa was filled by ordained and dharma practitioners from all over Germany and neighbouring countries (e.g. Austria, Belgium, France, Poland, Switzerland). At the weekend nearly 40 ordained and
more then 150 lay practitioners assembled.
Rinpoche pointed out that the purpose of sending the Kagyu Monlam round the world is not to propagate a new fashion or tradition, but to benefit all sentient beings by accumulating merit and dispelling obstacles for the harmony in the world and the freedom of beings from suffering and misfortune. For this we need a strong motivation for the dharma practice and complete dedication to the lineage teachers.
The gathering recited daily in three sessions the prayers. In the second session
they received on two days a teaching from Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche about »The
Aspiration of the Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning« by The III. Karmapa, and
on the last Monlam day the empowerment in the White Tara.
In the evening of Saturday, the last Monlam day, the Kamalashila Institute
performed the Marme Monlam in front of the illuminated Enlightment Stupa
with chants of the Sanskrit prayers, Buddhist dances, Songs of Milarepa and
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, as well as the Lamp Prayer. The participants of the Monlam, honourable guests and the village people followed the performances. The celebration concluded with the »Praise of Joy« – the last part of one of the greatest musical compositions ever written – performed by the
local church chorus and song by all present; a heart touching event.
On Sunday morning, in sunshine and in the presence of the representatives of
the public, main sponsors, the press and numerous village people, and headed by
Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, we celebrated the 900 years of the Karmapa Lineage
in front of the Stupa. In a dignified procession the statue of the I. Karmapa,
Düsum Khyenpa, was brought in and put on an especially elevated throne.
The assembly watched the video message of His Holiness The XVII. Gyalwang Karmapa with great delight.
Rinpoche in his speech pointed out the importance of the I. Karmapa not only for the Kagyu tradition, but also for the Tibetan Buddhism in general and for the
human beings of today in the modern world.
The Lord Mayor and the Mayor presented offerings and expressed how grateful
and honoured they feel to host the famous Kamalashila Institute in their
community. They expressed their wish that the institute might continue with the
Kagyu Monlam in the future.
In addition greeting addresses of the District Governor and of His Eminence
Loden Sherab Dagyab were read out.
The morning ceremonies finished with a Mandala Offering and the offering of a
birthday cake, which were cut in pieces by Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche for the
ordained and the assembly.
Later in the afternoon we concluded the Karmapa 900 Ceremonies by celebrating the Dusum Khyenpa Sadhana under the guidance of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche .
It has been days of great bliss and joy, which were well reviewed and commented on in German Radios and newspapers.
May the blessing of these activities improve harmony and peace in the world
and support the enlightened activities of His Holiness The XVII. Gyalwang Karmapa.